Mini Panels

Exclusively designed for the Editorial theme, Mini Panels allow you to place up to three (3) items side-by-side and are particularly useful for placing dynamic and/or aggregated content next to each other - such as a feed and a Promotion Slider.


A sample mini panel with an event feed on the left and rotating promotions on the right

Source: Development & Alumni Relations

Mini Panels come in three configurations:

  • a two-panel 60/40 split, where the left panel is slightly wider than the right panel
  • a two-panel 50/50 split, where both panels are the same width
  • a three-panel 33/33/33 split, where each panel is the same width

Create a Mini Panel

Note: Mini Panels can only be created by a user with Site Administrator permissions in GW Drupal. However, the base content element within the Mini Panel can be created and edited by any user.

  1. Go to Structure > Mini Panels > List
  2. Identify which configuration you'd like
  3. Under the “Operations” column, expand the dropdown and click Clone
  4. Create an Administrative title for your new Mini Panel
    • this is a backend title that will not bee seen by website visitors
  5. Click the Edit link next to “Machine name” and adjust it to match the admin title
    • Lowercase only, with underscores ( _ ) between each word
    • a maximum of 32 characters is allowed (including underscores)
  6. Click the Save button

This will take you back to the list of Mini Panels, where you should now see yours

  1. Click the Edit link in the “Operations” column of your new Mini Panel
  2. In the upper right, click Content
  3. Provide a Title (optional, public-facing)
  4. Click the gear icon over the desired column and select Add Content
  5. Locate the desired content pane and configure as desired
    • Repeat as necessary in the other column(s)
  6. Click the Finish button
  7. Click the Save button

Add a Mini Panel to a Page

These steps can be performed by a user with Content Supervisor or Site Administrator permissions in GW Drupal. On the page you’d like to display the Mini Panel on:

  1. Click on the Customize this Page button
  2. Select Mini Panels
  3. Click on your Mini Panel
  4. Click the Finish button on the window
  5. Drag your Mini Panel to the desired region on the page, if necessary
  6. Click the Save button at the bottom of the screen

You should now see the Mini Panel on the page. You may need to refresh the page to see the updated layout.